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    Screenshot via YouTube Arizona Democrat, Sen. Krysten Sinema (D-AZ), poured cold water Thursday on the Democrat’s hopes to codify Roe v. Wade by reforming the Senate filibuster to get around the 60-vote threshold otherwise needed to pass such legislation. CNN anchor Ana Cabrera reported that Sinema’s office told her, that despite President Joe Biden supporting such an effort, the senator “is still opposed to gutting the filibuster on any topic including on reproductive rights.” Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s office says the Democratic senator is still opposed to gutting the filibuster on any topic including on reproductive rights. — Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) June 30, 2022 Sinema’s announcement comes after moderate West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin (D-WV) made a similar comment. “I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade into law. And the way to do that is to make sure Congress votes to do that,” Biden said Wednesday while attending a NATO summit in Europe. “And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be—we provide an exception for this, should require an exception to...
    Learning to communicate with nonhuman animals can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Sadly, many people don’t seem to spend much time, attention, or effort on this practice. It’s more often than not a one-way street, where humans are doing and saying things to animals, and paying just enough attention to them to see if they’re obeying or reacting in the way the human wants. Luckily, there’s a growing community of humans who seek to build relationships with animals and understand and respect their experiences. Here are some useful books from some of the foremost experts in the field to help you do just that. 1. Animal Communication Made Easy Source: Animal Communication Made Easy/Amazon Pea Horsley, a world-renowned animal communicator, shares the fundamental framework that’s necessary for intuitive communication with animals. Horsley leads readers through exercises that help them clear their minds, relax, feel grounded, and open their hearts to the work. She also includes affirmations and meditations to help people connect more fully with their animal friends. Animal Communication Made Easy costs $17.28 for a paperback copy...
    Vice President Kamala Harris during an event on high-speed internet access.Kent Nishimura | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images The Biden administration said it secured commitments from 20 internet service providers to either reduce prices or increase speeds to serve low-income households, according to a White House press release published Monday. The news means that tens of millions of households could receive high-speed internet at no cost, according to the White House. Low-income households qualifying for the Affordable Connectivity Program, passed by Congress, can receive $30 per month off of their internet bills. Since the 20 ISPs that made the commitment to the White House agreed to offer high-speed internet plans to ACP households at no more than that amount, ACP participants can receive internet service effectively for free. The White House said the commitments come from companies including AT&T, Verizon and Comcast (parent company of CNBC owner NBCUniversal). In total, the participating ISPs offer high-speed internet in places where more than 80% of the U.S. population lives and close to 50% of the rural population. The commitments ensure such...
    State Rep. Randy Bridges, R-Paducah, gives a thumbs down as protesters chant "Bans off our bodies" at the Kentucky state Capitol.Ryan C. Hermens/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.The only two abortion clinics in Kentucky have been forced to shut down, effectively ending the procedure in the entire state, after the Republican-controlled Kentucky General Assembly on Wednesday overrode the governor’s veto of an extremist bill that included a 15-week abortion ban without exemptions for cases of rape or incest. In a statement, Planned Parenthood, which operates one of the two clinics, said that the “laundry list of onerous and unnecessary requirements” in the bill known as HB 3 made it untenable for it to continue care without potentially running afoul of the new law. “If a mother can kill her own child., what prevents us from killing ourselves and one another?” State Senator Stephen Meredith said in his remarks overturning Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto. The Kentucky law went into effect immediately. It comes as the latest...
    CHELSEA's Christian Pulisic was the hero as the USA thrashed Panama 5-1 in World Cup qualifying. The Blues star, 23, had a brace netted by halftime as the Stars and Stripes went in at the break 4-0 up in Orlando. 5Pulisic led the charge as the USA all but secured their place at Qatar 2022Credit: Getty Images - Getty 5The Chelsea forward netted twice from the penalty spot in the 5-1 winCredit: AFP 5A partisan crowd in Orlanda were in celebration mode as the Stars and Stripes ran wildCredit: AP And he wasn't finished there, adding a third goal to his collection in the second half as Gregg Berhalter's men all but sealed qualification to Qatar 2022. The USA now sit second in the qualifying table and are three points ahead of Costa Rica, who they face on Wednesday night. Barring disaster, this win should seal progression to the USMNT's first finals since 2014. It would require a ten-goal swing by the Costa Ricans to have any chance of ruining the party, but that is extremely unlikely. Read More...
    According to CNN, Democrats in the chamber hope to move quickly by holding a confirmation vote by early next month. The party can confirm Jackson without any Republican votes so long as every Democratic member supports her nomination and Vice President Kamala Harris votes to break a 50-50 tie. It remains unclear whether Jackson will receive any votes from Republican members of the chamber. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced this week that he would oppose Jackson's nomination. During confirmation hearings, Republicans have primarily confronted Jackson about her controversial sentencing of a convicted child pornographer to just three months in prison. In the case, Jackson made sympathetic comments about the defendant and his family and said she did not believe he was a pedophile. But Jackson also raised eyebrows across the country this week when she amazingly refused to define the word "woman," claiming she is "not a biologist." The remarks immediately drew ire from conservatives and were considered especially absurd given the fact that Jackson's own womanhood was a primary factor in her own nomination. Breyer has been considered...
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    WITH dozens of plants to look after each morning and unwelcome slugs to deal with, gardening is one of the most time-consuming hobbies. And almost nothing compares to the frustration when you wake up to find your hard work destroyed by pesky weeds that have found their way in almost every corner. 2With these natural remedies, there's no need for a strenuous arm workout to pull the pesky weeds outCredit: Getty Luckily, for those dealing with garden weeds, an expert has revealed a few homemade methods that are both chemical-free and effective. ''There’s nothing more disheartening than seeing hours of hard work in the garden ruined by pesky weeds that seem to sprout from nowhere,'' said a spokesperson for GardeningExpress.co.uk. While there are hundreds of various products in the market, these usually contain a large number of chemicals that can be harmful. Not only will you save the planet but also your bank account, as the homemade remedies cost next to nothing. read more gardening storiesLAWN FROM THE BEST I’m a gardening expert - how to easily fix brown patches...
    The bold new law — which infuriated progressive lawmakers and abortion advocates in the state and across the country when it was approved last year — takes a unique approach to defend the lives of unborn babies. It leaves enforcement of the law up to private citizens who are empowered to sue anyone who performs an abortion after roughly six weeks gestation or "aids and abets" it. Scholars say the unusual provision is what makes the law difficult to challenge. It was designed to circumvent legal precedent surrounding abortion. Nevertheless, the law has faced significant legal opposition. The abortion providers' challenge over enforcement of the law made it all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court in December. But justices on the nation's top court dismissed most of the complaints brought by the providers, leaving only a narrow portion of the suit intact that challenged state medical licensing officials. With the Texas Supreme Court's ruling Friday, even that narrow challenge was stamped out. "The U.S. Supreme Court left a shred of a case and today the Texas...
    Former National Security Advisor John Bolton predicted on MSNBC on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will be successful despite President Joe Biden’s warnings over invading Ukraine in which such an outcome would’ve happened even if former President Donald Trump, whom he served under, had won re-election. MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell mentioned that the Trump presidency was “when Ukraine became so politicized as part of decisions and conversations.” “There was one call in particular, the so-called perfect call that Trump had with [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky, which certainly telegraphed to the Kremlin they could do what they wanted with Ukraine and America would not stand up,” continued Mitchell, referring to the 2019 phone call in which Trump allegedly wanted Ukraine to dig dirt on Biden, then a presidential candidate, and his son, Hunter Biden, in exchange for U.S. military assistance. This led to Trump’s first impeachment, where the then-president was acquitted by the Senate following a trial. “I think Putin was undoubtedly waiting for a second Trump term but he’s getting effectively almost what he would have expected then,” said Bolton. “This is going to be a victory for Russia.” On Monday, Putin recognized the independence of...
    BEIJING (AP) — The judges who let Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva continue to compete at the Beijing Olympics blamed anti-doping officials for a “failure to function effectively.” The Court of Arbitration for Sport explained its verdict in the case that has dominated Olympic headlines for more than a week in a 41-page document, citing the “untenable delay” at the testing laboratory in Sweden as a reason for letting the 15-year-old Valieva skate in the women’s competition. Valieva’s positive test for a heart medication was only revealed during the Olympics despite her urine sample arriving at the Stockholm lab on Dec. 29. The lab’s staffing was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The full verdict was published early Friday, hours after the 15-year-old Valieva’s mistake-filled free skate dropped her from the lead to finish fourth in the women’s individual event at the Beijing Games. Valieva was cleared to skate by an urgent CAS ruling Monday after an appeal hearing that started Sunday night and ended at around 3 a.m. Monday. The World Anti-Doping Agency and International Olympic Committee appealed against the...
    The US Navy has relieved a triad command team of its duties, citing 'a loss of confidence' in the leaders' abilities but refusing to elaborate on the circumstances that led to the dismissals. Commanding officer Captain Jeffrey Lengkeek - a Stanford-trained civil engineer who joined the Navy's civil engineer corps in 1996 - was among the unit leaders let go February 3.  Also fired were executive officer Commander Michael Jarosz, and Commander Master Chief Matthew Turner. The men led the Amphibious Construction Battalion 2 in Little Creek, Virginia and played 'a major role in maritime prepositioning force operations,' according to a press release.  The shakeup will have no impact on the mission or schedule, the Navy said.  Amphibious Construction Battalion 2 commanding officer Captain Jeffrey Lengkeek led a triad that was fired February 3 by the US Navy due to 'a loss of confidence' Also relieved of their leadership duties were executive officer Commander Michael Jarosz (left) and Commander Master Chief Matthew Turner (right) Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Paul Newell said while it's unusual to relieve an entire triad at once, it's...
    (CNN)A Republican bill that would have overhauled elections in Arizona -- including giving the state legislature the power to reject election results -- proved to be too much even for state GOP leaders this week.Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, a Republican, quietly doomed House Bill 2596 on Tuesday with an unusual parliamentary maneuver.The speaker assigns all new bills to a committee for consideration before they can have full House votes, a choice that often has a great effect on a measure's chance of success. But on Tuesday, Bowers took the unprecedented step of ordering all 12 House committees to consider the elections bill, virtually ensuring it will never reach the floor.The bill's lead sponsor, Republican state Rep. John Fillmore, referred to the move as a "12-committee lynching" in an interview with CNN affiliate KPHO/KTVK. Bowers and Fillmore did not respond to CNN's request for comment Thursday.Read MoreUnder the bill, Arizona legislators would meet in a special session to review the ballot tabulating process for primary and general elections and decide whether to "accept or reject election results." If the legislature...
    South Korea and the United States have "effectively" reached an agreement on a draft to end the Korean War, according to South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong. Fighting in Korean War took place from 1950 to 1953 and ended with an armistice. However, a peace treaty between the two sides was never negotiated, meaning the war technically never ended on paper. North Korea said in September it would not agree to an ending until the U.S. stopped its "hostile policy" against them. CHINA AND RUSSIA VOW NOT TO LET WEST DIVIDE THEM "Although North Korea showed a set of prompt, positive responses to the end-of-war declaration, we hope [it] will show a more concrete reaction," Chung said, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency. "We are considering various ways on how to advance discussions with North Korea." Chung suggested an agreement to end the war could help break the deadlock in its discussions with North Korea. When asked about Chung's remarks, U.S. officials avoided commenting on the draft language but said the U.S. wants peace...
    (CNN)South Korea has "effectively" agreed with the United States on a draft declaring the end of the Korean War, according to South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong, as reported by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday.Speaking at a news conference, Chung said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had reaffirmed the progress, saying that both sides have "effectively reached an agreement" on the draft.A US State Department spokesperson said the US has "no hostile intent" toward North Korea and is prepared to meet "without preconditions." US and South Korea to develop new war plan to address North Korean military advancements"We hope the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) will respond positively to our outreach. We continue to consult closely with the Republic of Korea, Japan, and other allies and partners about how to best engage the DPRK," the spokesperson said.The draft aims to end the Korean War, which broke out on June 25, 1950, when North Korean forces stormed across the 38th parallel dividing North and South Korea. Read MoreThe United States supplied about 90% of the troops who...
    Monday, Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA) called for Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón’s resignation for his handling of the rising crime in the area. Garcia attributed the growing crime rates to the “very liberal policies over the course of the last decade or so.” He added that Gascón was “effectively landing on the side of the criminals rather than the victims.” “I think the people need to make it happen,” Garcia said of Gascón’s resignation on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Company.” “We have to first start by holding him accountable for his lack of accountability and charging these criminals. He’s effectively landing on the side of the criminals rather than the victims.” “We have folks who have committed murder against law enforcement officers who are now looking at an option of early parole because of Gascón. We have minors who are being charged with sexual felonies who are looking at potentially not even going through the court system because of his new what he calls the Ready Program, which is a rehabilitative program for minors,” he added. “So, the people...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said on Sunday he will oppose the $4.91 trillion Build Back Better Act, effectively killing the “mammoth” legislation. “I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. … I can’t get there,” Manchin said on Fox News Sunday. Manchin, the West Virginia moderate Democrat, serves as the critical swing vote in the Senate for Democrats to pass the bill through the Senate. Democrats have hoped to use budgetary reconciliation to pass the legislation, as that would allow Democrats to pass the bill using a simple majority in Congress’ upper chamber. However, since Democrats only have a one-member majority, it would require the approval of two swing votes, Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). “This is a no on this legislation,” Manchin said. “That bill is a mammoth piece of legislation,” Manchin said of the Build Back Better Act. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said that Joe Biden and the Democrat-led Congress should take a “strategic pause” from the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion "infrastructure" Leftist Trojan Horse scheme. https://t.co/RLBl5HCFtl — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 20, 2021 Breitbart News wrote...
              moreby Eric Lendrum   On Friday, the Minneapolis city council approved a budget that would increase funding for the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), restoring the department’s budget to what it was prior to the beginning of the “Defund the Police” movement, as reported by the Epoch Times. The $1.6 billion budget, approved by the city council and Mayor Jacob Frey (D-Minn.), includes an allocation of $191 million for the MPD, marking a dramatic shift from just one month earlier when activists were on the verge of completely eliminating the department altogether. Minneapolis became ground zero for the far-left movement to defund and abolish police departments across the country, which started in the summer of 2020. The movement was sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died of a fentanyl overdose while in police custody last May; his death was blamed on the arresting officers, most prominently former officer Derek Chauvin, who arrested him for disorderly conduct after he attempted to use counterfeit money to make a purchase. Race riots subsequently broke out all across the country, with...
    SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — Effectively utilizing the $4.5 billion the Bay Area is expected to receive from the recently passed federal infrastructure funding package will require significant cooperation between the public and private sectors, regional transportation experts said Thursday. More than two dozen transit agencies currently operate across the nine-county region. That “many cooks in the kitchen” has historically led to difficulties in completing major infrastructure projects, transportation experts said during a panel discussion hosted by the business association Bay Area Council. READ MORE: 1st Case of COVID Omicron Variant Confirmed In Santa Clara County“If we’re going to ask for this money, we need to be able to demonstrate proof of concept on the ground, (that) we can deliver stuff,” Metropolitan Transportation Commission Executive Director Therese McMillan said. The Bay Area is expected to receive its portion of the $1.2 trillion funding package over five years to repair and upgrade aging roads, bridges, ports and electrical and water systems. Transit projects across the country could also receive additional funding in the form of some $210 billion in discretionary grants, which...
    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says no U.K. government minister will attend the Beijing Winter Olympics, calling it “effectively” a diplomatic boycott. Johnson was asked in the House of Commons whether the U.K. will join the United States, Australia and Lithuania in a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Games. He said he opposed boycotts involving athletes but that Britain would effectively be boycotting the Olympics diplomatically. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    It is with great pride that I can say I am finally a homeowner—pride for all of the obvious reasons, from the opportunity to build generational wealth to simply having a place for my family to retreat to in hard times generation after generation. But as rewarding a feeling as homeownership is, the housing market and my own sliver of the larger story have dimmed my hope for the future. Journalist after journalist has been reporting on shortages in housing inventory pushing the dream of homeownership out of reach for many Americans.  “My father was an electrician and my mother was a home healthcare worker,” New York writer and author Jelani Cobb tweeted earlier this month. “It occurred to me recently that by the time I made enough to purchase the home they raised me in I had a doctorate, tenure and had written several books. We’ve effectively turned housing into a luxury.” The tweet attracted the attention of Ada Ferrer, a Cuban American historian and professor at New York University. “My mom a seamstress, my father a short-order cook, never owned a home,” she tweeted in...
    A MUM has claimed that her labour was ‘100 per cent pain-free’ and hit back at mums who said it is excruciating. TikTok user Meg, who posts under @flourishingmother, uploaded a video providing reasons why it doesn’t have to hurt. 4TikTok user Meg claims you can have a pain-free labourCredit: TIKTOK 4TikTok user Meg, who posts under @flourishingmother, uploaded a video providing reasons why it doesn’t have to hurtCredit: TIKTOK She wrote: “‘There’s no such thing as a painless childbirth.’ Yes there is. “Modern medicine/Hollywood has made ppl believe birth is scary. “Millions of women have had pain free childbirths. “In how to avoid pain, you need to release fear.” Meg recommended doing “daily affirmations to break fear of contractions.” She also advised that you practise “visualisation” explaining you should “visualise the baby dropping into your birth canal”. Meg also said you should visualise your body “opening up slowly, like a blooming flower.” She said: “Keep your jaw muscles loose by breathing deep and exhaling through ‘horse lips’. Most read in LifestyleCAUSING A RIFT 'Charles speculated skin tone of Harry...
    Arkansas will likely be the next state to ban abortion for women who are more than six weeks pregnant.  Last week, State Sen. Jason Rapert announced on Twitter that he would introduce the Arkansas Heartbeat Protection Act during a special legislative session on October 25. The bill, he said, will include a 'civil cause of action - just like Texas's,' which includes financial incentives for citizens to seek out and sue anyone who 'aid or abets' anyone trying to get an abortion. If they successfully sue, they could receive at least $10,000 and have their legal fees covered by the opposing side. Rapert has called the bill 'absolutely awesome' in an interview with KNWA, and tweeted on Monday: 'It should be easy to pass the Texas-style heartbeat bill in our upcoming special session.' Arkansas State Legislator Jason Rapert, right, plans to introduce a bill similar to the Texas heartbeat law, which effectively bans abortion at six weeks He announced his intention to introduce the Arkansas Heartbeat Protection Act in a special session of the legislature in a tweet last week He...
    Journalist Pedro Gonzales said Friday that President Joe Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen are setting the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) against average Americans with an “army of bureaucrats.” WATCH: “Basically this is Biden asking you for $80 billion to weaponize the IRS against you to raise an army of bureaucrats and have them invade your privacy to get more control over your life so they can access the details of your bank account,” Gonzales told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “This doesn’t sound like healing and unity to me,” he said. (RELATED: Sen.Kennedy: ‘Biden And Yellen Are On A Mission From God To Please Pink-Haired Wokers Who Carry … Ziplock Bags Of Kale) “I don’t know about you, Tucker. But like you said, I’m not against using the IRS to punish enemies and reward friends,” the Chronicles editor said.  “The oligarchs hiding their money in tax havens in Delaware and South Dakota, the people exploiting cheap illegal immigrant labor.” “But Biden is setting the IRS loose on middle Americans, specifically, which tells you which side he’s on,” he...
    WinRed, the GOP’s online fundraising clearinghouse, announced on Thursday that it would lower the fees it charges candidates and political committees, a seemingly small change that it says will significantly boost the amount of money in campaigns’ accounts. Beginning January 2022, the for-profit platform will charge a flat 3.94 percent fee per donation, dropping its current model that requires campaigns and committees to pay 3.8 percent per transaction, plus an additional 30 cents.  The change may seem small, but WinRed said that it would amount to a 15 percent reduction in cost, effectively allowing its users to keep more of the money given to them through the platform. The decision was first reported on Thursday by Politico. Gerrit Lansing, the president of WinRed, told Politico that the change in fees could end up saving “millions” of dollars over the course of the 2022 midterm election cycle.  In a statement, Lansing said that the decision was born out of WinRed’s “ability to achieve and maintain scale.” “The best fundraising platform in politics will continue to expand and grow, designing and providing...
    Debra Sweet, holds up a sign as she joins people gathered for a reproductive rights rally at Brooklyn Borough Hall on September 01, 2021 in Downtown Brooklyn in New York City.Michael M. Santiago | Getty Images U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland is expected to announce a lawsuit against Texas on Thursday over the state's restrictive abortion law, according to NBC News. The lawsuit will come after the Supreme Court, stacked 6-3 with conservative justices, earlier this month refused to block the controversial abortion law from taking effect. The law, which was signed into law in May by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, prohibits abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, which usually occurs around the sixth week of pregnancy. At that time, many women are still not aware that they have become pregnant. The legislation, S.B. 8, includes an exception for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. Abbott this week defended the law, and said his goal is to "eliminate rape so that no woman, no person, will be a victim of rape." Rather than...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The new head of the U.N. nuclear test ban treaty organization said Wednesday his goal is to have the treaty enter into force, which would require ratification by eight countries — the U.S., China, Iran, Israel, Egypt, India, Pakistan and North Korea. “I remain optimistic, but I’m also realistic,” Robert Floyd said at a news conference. “I don’t underestimate the challenge.” The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, known as the CTBT, has 196 member states — 185 that have signed the treaty and 170 that have ratified it. But the treaty has not entered into force because it needs ratification by the eight non-ratifying nations that had nuclear power reactors or research reactors when the U.N. General Assembly adopted the treaty in 1996. Floyd said he wants to sit down with each of the eight countries to discuss why five of them signed the treaty and understand their “current circumstances” regarding the treaty. He said he would like to ask them, “What pathway do you see going forward so they could ratify?” “Almost all...
    The conservatives on the Supreme Court just ended Roe v. Wade without lifting a finger. literally. They refused to act to block a new law in Texas from going into effect, the most restrictive abortion ban in the nation. The Court needed to act by midnight, and did not, so this morning millions of Texans woke up in a state in which it is virtually impossible to legally access an abortion. The law bans abortion after six weeks, a point when most women don't even know that they are pregnant. The law makes no exceptions for rape or incest, and in a horribly devious twist structured the law to make fighting it in court difficult. The Texas law actually bars state officials from enforcing it, and turns that job over to citizen vigilantes. It allows private individuals to sue abortion providers or anyone who "aids and abets" a woman in getting an abortion—from doctors to nurses to the receptionist at a clinic, the cab driver, anyone who helped to pay for it. The bounty for the vigilante—who can be absolutely...
    Gardens are good, gardens are great, but gardens, if not managed well, can use a tremendous amount of water and put a strain on this valuable, dissipating resource. As we move (hopefully) towards sustainable food production, it is going to require that we adopt efficient methods of watering our crops. Current systems, particularly the large-scale monoculture methodology, are water hogs. Far too much freshwater is sourced from underground aquifers (our reserves!), lost to evaporation, and drained away, carrying nitrates and chemicals that then go back a poison the sources from which they came. While some degree of irrigation is going to be necessary for food production, there are lots of techniques we can employ, particularly in our home gardens, to avoid using water as if there is a ceaseless supply at the other end of the tap. With some simple designs and sensible approaches, many of us can grow our gardens without using a spigot at all. Mulch is magic. Before getting into using water in the garden, we have to think about setting the stage for it,...
    This article was medically reviewed by Samantha Cassetty, MS, RD, a nutrition and wellness expert with a private practice based in New York City. Medically Reviewed Reviewed By Check Mark Icon A check mark. It indicates that the relevant content has been reviewed and verified by an expert Our stories are reviewed by medical professionals to ensure you get the most accurate and useful information about your health and wellness. For more information, visit our medical review board. Salmon is a great source of vitamin B12 along with eggs and red meat. Justin Ong/Getty Images Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms include canker sores, a swollen tongue, and fatigue.  B12 deficiency is often caused by veganism, Crohn's disease, or pernicious anemia.  To treat vitamin B12 deficiency, take B12 supplements and consume more b12-rich foods. Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that plays an essential role in many bodily functions, like red blood cell formation and nerve function. It can be found in foods like beef, fish, and eggs. But, despite the vitamin's importance, between 1.5%...
    Former President Obama during ABC’s Juneteenth television special said that ensuring that democracy “continues to work effectively” as the United States becomes more diverse is one of the main things that “keeps him up at night.”  During a special episode of ABC’s documentary series “Soul of a Nation” titled, “Juneteenth: Together We Triumph,” the former president was asked by “Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan, “What keeps you up at night, and what gives you the most joy?”  In response to the first question, Obama replied, “How does our democracy get refreshed and updated so that it continues to work effectively as we become a more diverse society?”  “How can we ensure that if you work hard in this country, you can make it?” the former commander in chief added.  Obama’s interview was included in the two-hour television special celebrating the history and culture of Black Americans and the legacy of Juneteenth, the day commemorating when news of slavery’s end reached Texas in 1865, nearly two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.  The day, June 19, officially became a federal holiday...
    Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court on Monday effectively postponed action on a major challenge to Harvard's use of racial affirmative action, likely putting off for several months a case that could end nationwide practices that have boosted the admission of Black and Latino students for decades.The high court issued an order asking the Biden Department of Justice to offer its views on the case, which for the nine justices' own internal politics, means they postponed having to make a decision on whether and when to hear the controversy.The Supreme Court set no deadline for the filing in the dispute brought on behalf of Asian Americans. If the court had outright accepted the challengers' petition, it would have immediately added another major case to the justices' calendar for the 2021-22 session, which already includes abortion rights and gun regulation controversies. Behind the scenes of the Supreme Courts busiest seasonThe challengers to Harvard contend the Ivy League campus holds Asian Americans to a higher standard and essentially caps their numbers. The school counters that it sets no limits for Asian American students and...
    This article was medically reviewed by Jason R. McKnight, MD, MS, a family medicine physician and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine.  Medically Reviewed Reviewed By Check Mark Icon A check mark. It indicates that the relevant content has been reviewed and verified by an expert Our stories are reviewed by medical professionals to ensure you get the most accurate and useful information about your health and wellness. For more information, visit our medical review board. For nicotine patches to work, you must stop smoking while using them. Peter Dazeley/Getty Images Nicotine patches work to help you quit smoking by reducing symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.  For nicotine patches to work, you must stop smoking, or else you may experience side effects.  A 15 mg to 22 mg nicotine patch dose is a good starting point for most smokers.  Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. There are many products on the market designed to help you quit smoking. One example is the nicotine patch, which is available over the counter at most pharmacies and is a cost-effective and...
    JACKSONVILLE, Florida — Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is essentially “mandating, effectively, a vaccine passport which is discriminatory,” particularly in relation to the cruise industry, and vowed to oppose any attempts to make vaccine passports a reality if Congress pursues such a controversial agenda item. DeSantis told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Tuesday that the current tension with the cruise industry over vaccine passports is really rooted in the federal agency, as it is “mandating, effectively, a vaccine passport which is discriminatory because we have 100 million-plus Americans who have recovered from COVID.” “They have immunity. Many of them are not getting vaccinated because they’re already immune. So we don’t believe that that’s good policy to allow that,” he said, blasting the CDC for effectively putting its heel on the neck of the cruise industry, adding an enormous amount of pressure. However, DeSantis explained we would “not even be having this discussion about cruise lines had we not sued the CDC because really they don’t have a leg to stand...
    ICE deportations have dropped to their lowest level on record as Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admits he wants to make 'significant changes' to the organization.  Mayorkas made the remarks to The Washington Post on Tuesday - the same day 'frustrated' ICE agents told the publication that the Biden Administration 'doesn't have their backs'.  Less than 3,000 illegal immigrants were deported from the United States last month by ICE, despite border crossings surging to a 20 year high.   Mayorkas will release his first DHS budget request this week, and has already announced that two ICE deportation centers will close.  However, the Democrat told The Washington Post that he has no plans to abolish ICE, despite calls from more radical voices in his party to do so.  Instead, he says, he wants to 'reorient' the agency.    'I really want to elevate all of the other work [ICE] does and also ensure that its civil immigration work is well-focused in the service of the national security and public safety mission,' he stated.   However, Mayorkas' statement seem at odds with ICE...
    (CNN)Gov. Gavin Newsom said California will effectively end its mask mandate next month when the state plans to fully reopen after more than a year of Covid-19 restrictions.In an on-camera interview with KTTV Los Angeles reporter Elex Michaelson posted on Twitter, the governor was asked, "Are we looking at masks after June 15?""No. Only in those settings that are indoor -- only in those massively large settings where people around the world, not just around the country, are convening, and when people are mixing in real dense spaces," Newsom replied. "Otherwise, we'll make guidance recommendations, but no mandates and no restrictions on businesses large and small."California currently requires the use of masks in indoor settings outside of one's home, including on public transportation, regardless of vaccination status. Fully vaccinated people, however, are not required to wear masks outdoors, except when attending crowded events.California says it will fully reopen in June, citing falling Covid-19 case ratesLast month, state health officials announced the June 15 target date to fully reopen the state amid falling Covid-19 infection rates and low hospitalizations, shelving its...
    Based on a very sharp essay in which video receipts were shown, it is more than fair to say that New Day co-anchor John Berman is not terribly impressed with former House Speaker and Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich. At issue? Gingrich’s expressing outrage that Secretary of State Tony Blinken gave “blanket authorization” for U.S. Embassies across the world to fly the LGBTQ Pride flag for the month of June, also known as “Pride Month.” Or as Berman framed it, despite overwhelming bipartisan support for LGBTQ non-discrimination law, “Trump ally Newt Gingrich sees it as a threat to his spotless, moral core.” A clip of Gingrich’s comments were then aired, which revealed what the Georgia Republican said to Fox News Jeanine Pirro during a weekend appearance on her show: If you listed every idiotic thing that the Biden administration has done in the first 100 days, you would begin to realize whether it’s threatening everybody who believes in the Second Amendment, or it’s attacking everybody who beleives in right to life, or it is attacking people of traditional values who...
    This article was medically reviewed by Samantha Cassetty, MS, RD, a nutrition and wellness expert with a private practice based in New York City. Medically Reviewed Reviewed By Check Mark Icon A check mark. It indicates that the relevant content has been reviewed and verified by an expert Our stories are reviewed by medical professionals to ensure you get the most accurate and useful information about your health and wellness. For more information, visit our medical review board. If you are going on a sugar detox, snacking on fruit can help ease cravings. Steven C. De La Cruz/Getty Images Sugar detoxes are when you cut added sugar for a period of time, either 7, 21, or 30 days.  To detox from sugar, snack on fruit, eat more protein, and stay hydrated.  Sugar detoxes can help reduce sugar cravings, aid in weight loss, and improve oral health.  Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. The average American consumes about 20 teaspoons of added sugar per day — a far cry from the recommended amount of six for women and nine for...
    Reuters March 29, 2021 0 Comments The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a bid by Kentucky’s Republican attorney general to defend a restrictive state law, struck down by lower courts, that abortion rights advocates said would effectively ban the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Attorney General Daniel Cameron has asked the justices to let him intervene in defense of the law after Democratic Governor Andy Beshear’s administration dropped the case. The Supreme Court is being asked to decide only that narrow issue, and not whether the law violates Supreme Court precedents holding that women have a right to obtain an abortion. Abortion rights advocates have said the 2018 law, struck down by lower courts, would effectively ban an abortion method called dilation and evacuation – the most common form of abortion performed during the second trimester of a pregnancy. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” suggested that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) “look inside his heart” when asked if he should resign in the wake of the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct he is facing. Partial transcript as follows: STEPHANOPOULOS: Finally, I want to ask you about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Majority of New York’s congressional delegation, both senators have called on Governor Cuomo to resign. You’ve said there should be zero tolerance for sexual harassment. PELOSI: Right. STEPHANOPOULOS: Does that mean that Governor Cuomo should resign? PELOSI: I said there’s zero tolerance for sexual harassment, and we have taken measures in the House of Representatives, very strong measures in the House under the leadership of Congresswoman Jackie Speier of California. What I said at the time that these revelations came forward, I said what these women have said must be treated with respect. They are credible and serious charges, and then I called for an investigation. I have confidence in the attorney general of New York. She has called for a, I think expeditious investigation, and...
    Bradley Cortright March 14, 2021 0 Comments New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is facing growing calls for his resignation from state lawmakers and members of the state’s Congressional delegation.  However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who says Cuomo loves New York, was not so quick to call for the governor to step down.  During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Pelosi noted that she has implemented a “zero-tolerance” policy for sexual harassment in the House of Representatives. She recalled that after the first allegations of harassment were made against Cuomo she said they should be treated seriously. “What I said at the time that these revelations came forward I said what these women had said must be treated with respect, they are credible and serious charges, and then I called for an investigation,” Pelosi said. She continued, “I have confidence in the attorney general of New York. She has called for an expeditious investigation.” Pelosi went on to say that it is up to Cuomo to decide whether or not he should resign. “In terms of, generally speaking, people...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hedged when questioned on whether New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) should resign in light of the scandals he faces over his administration and personal conduct. As Pelosi appeared on ABC’s This Week to promote the American Rescue Plan, George Stephanopoulos asked her about how Cuomo is under growing pressure from Democrats for him to resign between his nursing home scandal and numerous accusations of sexual harassment. The House Speaker was specifically if she thinks Cuomo should resign after saying there should be “zero tolerance” for harassment. Pelosi responded by pointing to measures addressing sexual harassment in the House of Representatives. She then opined that the investigation into Cuomo should be allowed to play out first. “What I said at the time — that these revelations came forward — I said what these women had said must be treated with respect, they are credible and serious charges, and then I called for an investigation,” Pelosi said. “I have confidence in the attorney general of New York. She has called for an expeditious investigation.” Pelosi...
    House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP goes on the attack against Biden relief bill Maher: US 'lost' to China, too focused on 'woke competition' and 'lizard people' Democrats rush to Biden's defense on border surge MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday fell short of calling for the resignation of New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo biographer: 'Predatory behavior' has been 'evident for years' Cuomo's choice The Memo: Cuomo clings to political life MORE (D), instead urging the governor to “look inside his heart” to see if he can “govern effectively.” “The governor should look inside his heart, he loves New York, to see if he can govern effectively,” Pelosi told host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosKhashoggi colleague: 'Why are we making an alliance with a dictator?' Fauci on Johnson & Johnson vaccine: 'Just be really grateful' Portman on Trump's dominance of GOP: Republican Party's policies are 'even more popular' MORE on ABC's “This Week” adding that resigning is “going to be one of the considerations that he has.” Following calls for his resignation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says New York Governor Andrew Cuomo "should look inside...
    Was Piers Morgan fired, or did he quit under pressure to apologize? And what role did the Dutchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, play in Morgan’s very public departure from Good Morning Britain? These are the questions that remain unanswered in the ongoing drama unfolding in the UK after a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey has rocked the Royal Family and Piers Morgan’s broadcasting career. CNN’s Max Foster is reporting that Markle filed a formal complaint with Good Morning Britain’s broadcaster ITV about Morgan’s comments about her that followed the Oprah interview that aired Sunday in the U.S., and Monday in the U.K. Foster noted that there a great number of complaints to the British regulator Ofcom about Piers Morgan’s comments Markle, that led to a conversation with the CEO of ITV and his resignation. He then reported that the Duchess of Sussex “made a formal complaint directly to ITV, not, relating to the personal nature of those attacks, but her concerns about the impact it could have on the seriousness of mental health issues, effectively the impact piers Morgan’s attacks could have...
    The QAnon Shaman who became infamous as one of the faces of the US Capitol riots has accused former President Donald Trump of 'grooming' Americans as he attempts to gain his release from prison. Jake Angeli, also known as Jacob Chansley, was one of the most recognizable members of the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6 that left five dead, as he was shirtless with a painted face and a furry horned hat. He was part of a new motion filed by his attorney Albert Watkins on Thursday. In the motion, Watkins points blame at Trump for the conspiratorial fever that has swept the United States. 'For years during the Trump administration, the President honed and routinely utilized his mass communication means to effectively groom millions of Americans with respect to his policies, protocols, beliefs and overwhelming fixation on all matters conspiratorial,' the motion states, according to Newsweek. The QAnon Shaman as he's come to be known is putting the Capitol riot on Donald Trump In a legal briefing, Jacob Chansley said Trump used 'mass communication means to...
    New York : Lose weight It is a complex issue that requires a series of factors, which are related to lifestyle, habits and customs. We are what we eat and based on this, the most important measure to achieve good long-term results is food. Not in vain in recent years, health and nutrition trends focus on the consumption of fresh, seasonal and free of processed products. It is precisely the reason why the popularity around the consumption of natural remedies, which according to its ingredients are often associated with extraordinary medicinal and therapeutic properties. The truth is that the wide range of natural slimming remediesIt never ceases to amaze us, although there are no miraculous foods or drinks; They are a great complement to aCelerate results and without side effects. In recent months, the consumption of artichokes as a magnificent and effective addition to any weight loss diet. The artichoke is a vegetable rich in active substances that are very beneficial for the body, such is the case of inulin, a carbohydrate that is metabolized very slowly in...
    New York : For women losing weight is more difficult from the age of 50 because, according to Vitónica, a decrease in metabolism that makes it difficult to lose body fat. However, losing weight is still possible, but you have to try a little harder to do so. Certain changes in the diet They can provide us with the caloric deficit necessary to lose weight. Among them are avoid sugars and alcohol, take care of calcium intake, apply the Mediterranean diet, and others that we will mention below. Don’t resort to miracle diets A diet that is very low in calories and quality nutrients is unhealthy in older adulthood or at any other stage of life. In this period, miracle diets can accentuate the decalcification of the bones, a greater loss of lean mass, and a metabolic slowdown. Furthermore, miracle diets expose you to the risk of the infamous “rebound effect”, which not only restores the lost weight, but is also capable of adding more body weight than you had before. This scenario will also have a negative impact...
    This article was medically reviewed by Samantha Cassetty, MS, RD, a nutrition and wellness expert with a private practice based in New York City. Medically Reviewed Reviewed By Check Mark Icon A check mark. It indicates that the relevant content has been reviewed and verified by an expert Our stories are reviewed by medical professionals to ensure you get the most accurate and useful information about your health and wellness. For more information, visit our medical review board. BURCU ATALAY TANKUT/Getty Images Iron deficiency can cause symptoms like fatigue, cold hands and feet, and irregular heartbeats. People at high risk of iron deficiency include vegans, pregnant people, or people with cancer. To raise your iron levels, take a supplement or eat iron-rich foods like spinach and tofu. Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Iron is an essential mineral found in foods such as chocolate, meat, spinach, and potatoes.  When a person doesn't have enough iron, they can experience fatigue, lightheadedness, and an increase in blood temperature.  Here's what you need to know about iron's role in the body, iron...
    Especially with Robinhood in the news after the GameStop short squeeze, you’re sure to be hearing about cryptocurrency and bitcoin quite a bit over the next few weeks. If you’ve always wanted a better understanding of how it works, it turns out that it can work in your favor for much more than simply understanding the current events Right now, The Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Mastery Bundle is on sale for $29 down from $99, which is a 70% discount. The bundle includes six courses that are broken down into 257 digestible lessons that make it easy for you to understand this seemingly complicated method of investing. The courses will teach you about bitcoin, starting at the basic level, so that you have a fully-formed idea of its impact. You will be given .0001 of bitcoin by enrolling, and then you will learn how easy it is for anyone to get involved and to start mining their own. “I’m still going through the material, but it’s been a great starting point so far,” wrote one reviewer. “[It] definitely increased my...
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